Explore Holland’s fascinating history at Holland Museum adjacent to beautiful Centennial Park. With 90,000 artifacts including furniture, fine art, quilts, coins and dolls and two historical homes, the museum offers a rich sense of Holland’s culture over time.
From its founding Dutch immigrants to today’s modern and diverse community, Holland has experienced jubilation, hardship, challenges and tremendous growth. Explore the Permanent Galleries with intriguing historic displays; and the Dutch Galleries, showcasing rare artwork from the Netherlands gifted by donors from around the world.
The Cappon House, originally built in 1874, was the home of Holland’s first mayor and local tannery proprietor, Isaac Cappon, and is within walking distance of the Holland Museum. There you’ll step back in time and learn about Cappon’s life and his large family. The second home, operated by the museum is Settlers House which was built around 1867 and reflects upon the lives of working class families who lived there over its long history. These historic homes will be open by appointment only this summer, so check the website for further details.
Kids will have a fun experience at Spark!Lab, the brainchild of the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation in the Smithsonian Institute. This hands-on invention space allows children to create, collaborate, explore, test, experiment, problem solve, and invent.
Holland Museum is committed to providing a safe experience for their visitors, staff, and volunteers and have recently installed sneeze guards to limit contact, while also cleaning and sanitizing surfaces regularly. With increased general ventilation and mask and social distancing requirements, Holland Museum is well staffed to provide safety for all guests. For further details, please visit their COVID-19 response page: hollandmuseum.org/covid-19-updates/.
Holland Museum is free the second Monday of each month from 4-7pm. Hours and admission fees vary by property. For more details see hollandmuseum.org.
Featured image courtesy of: Holland Museum